I am quite new to the world of poetry. I only started writing in May 2017 but have already written over 200 pieces of work. I’m known as ‘The Urban Poet’ for performance poetry. I have shared my poetry in Schools, Care Homes and local radio, and performed at festivals and open mic nights. My piece entitled ‘Tree of Hope and Peace’ was written for, and read out by myself, at a memorial tree planting ceremony for the Arena bomb victims. I am thoroughly enjoying what is a very unusual experience for me in my retirement. I am active in my community as a volunteer and enjoy watching football and cricket. I am also very proud to say that I was commissioned to write a poem for a Royal visit to Trafford, and read out my poem ‘Restoration’ to HRH The Princess Royal and 150 guests on 17th January 2018. A great honour. I’ve recently self published a book ‘Poetry Gold’, in order to raise funds for Parkinsons UK. https://www.facebook.com/urbanpoet49/posts/1411792435599726
THE TREE OF HOPE AND PEACE By Fred Varden Oh olive tree, oh olive tree In whom is so much history Your leaves crowned Kings And angels did sing of victory and glory Telling a symbolic story A symbol of wisdom, purity and power At the forefront of our minds this hour Coming together as one in our town To give thanks and pay homage: but without any frowns Yes we're all here to remember But actually we celebrate For it's never too late To close ranks and give thanks As a tribute to people so great Giving Thanks for lives lost and lives broken this tree will never just be a token For as it's roots bed in and grow And the leaves really begin to show It may remind us of an ark or a dove Marking the end of a terrible flood But this time: when the branches form Like rainbows appearing after a storm Our hearts will entwine together And we shall stand in defiance for ever Stand for glory, hope and peace To signify so much release Through those we're here today for Twenty two and those being cared for We say a fervent prayer for And plant this fragrant tree for Because Manchester is love...not war TRUTH AND LIES By Fred Varden Truth and lies can make you cry like pie in the sky as you cast the die Truth and hate when you stay up late To watch the news and see them berate The state of politics of fear and hate And Brexit served up on a plate Of truth and lies when all the while Their doom and gloom is a sonic boom Of cheats and liars mixed with smoke and fire Spinning yarns with two faced charm To deceive the masses by making passes To reel us in and cast us out when in truth from the bag, the cat is out telling: Truth and lies, the lies the size of apple pies from pie in the sky where the truth Is lies and lies are truth, and reality is a dream come true based on: truth and lies and lies and truth and lies and lies And lies!
All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.
I need to relax! (06/10/2018)
The Ostentatious Mr Glitz (01/10/2018)
POETRY ‘LIVE’ (15/09/2018)
Those of Maturity (04/09/2018)
Forces of Nature (20/08/2018)
Bad Romance (17/08/2018)
Randomly Wonderful (14/08/2018)
Alexa and Siri (06/08/2018)
It’s hard to stop (audio) (13/07/2018)
Truth and Lies (audio) (12/07/2018)
Virtual Unreality (audio) (12/07/2018)
Is there a nurse in the house? (Audio) (03/11/2017)
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